9:19 PM ET As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bellator said on Monday that it has decided to clear its slate of fights in May. Bellator 242, scheduled for May 9 in San Jose, California, has been postponed, along with Bellator London on May 16 and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California,
12:53 PM ET Despite Dana White’s insistence in recent weeks that the Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will go on, increasingly strict travel restrictions and other precautionary measures designed to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic appear to have the fight on the brink of cancellation. During an Instagram Live interview on March
1:32 PM ET Khabib Nurmagomedov took to Instagram early Monday morning to state that it appears he won’t be able to fight in the main event of UFC 249 vs. Tony Ferguson on April 18 because of the travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. He’s stuck in Russia. Incredibly, this matchup may fall through
10:37 AM ET It appears as though the highly-anticipated Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight is on the verge of not happening … again. Nurmagomedov, on an Instagram live chat Monday morning, confirmed he is back home in Dagestan, Russia, but is now unable to leave to compete on April 18 against Ferguson at UFC
8:35 PM ET UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is leaning toward a title defense later in the year with his recovery from a hand injury delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Volkanovksi was set to return to the Octagon at UFC 251 in Perth, Western Australia, on June 7 in a likely rematch with Max Holloway,
5:04 PM ET Roman ModrowskiESPN.com “I do feel like the storm is behind me.” — Jon Jones, Jan. 31, 2020 Jon Jones seemed very much at ease and focused as he looked inside of himself during an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani prior to his Feb. 8 fight with Dominick Reyes. The UFC light heavyweight
Mar 25, 2020 Jeff Wagenheim Sometimes, to dig up the shiniest gems among sports performances, we have to look way deep into history. Like … three weeks back. Zhang Weili made the first defense of her UFC strawweight championship on March 7, and her back-and-forth battle of attrition with former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk was an
9:17 AM ET UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili‘s journey from her native China to Las Vegas for her first title defense against Joanna Jedrzejczyk on March 7 was a remarkable, trying experience due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of this week, the journey is still going. Zhang, of Hebei, China, was forced to relocate her
1:43 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Jon Jones was just 23 years old when he became light heavyweight champion in 2011, making him the youngest belt holder in UFC history. He looked unbeatable and the sky was the limit, it seemed. But it has been a bumpy road for “Jonny Bones” ever since, with a mixture
1:31 PM ET UFC star Jon Jones was arrested in New Mexico for alleged aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm early Thursday morning, according to a representative for the Albuquerque Police Department. Jones, who was also charged with possession of an open container and no proof of insurance, was released from custody later
7:48 AM ET Khabib Nurmagomedov said Ramadan is a time to pray and to spend time with his family, and while he will do some training, it’s not on the same level as when he’s preparing for a fight. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images If Dana White seems obsessed with not postponing UFC 249, consider that a delay
5:54 PM ET Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James taped a message of support and gratitude for UCLA health care workers Wednesday, joining a trend of athletes finding ways to support medical staffers on the front lines of the coronavirus. Athletes from around the world, from Pete Alonso to Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Stephen Curry, are
4:35 PM ET UFC superstar Conor McGregor vowed to purchase one million euros worth of protective gear for hospitals in Ireland battling the coronavirus pandemic. McGregor posted an Instagram video on Tuesday pleading with the Irish government to implement a “full lockdown” to combat the pandemic and urging his countrymen to unite behind the effort.
4:37 PM ET Journey Newson’s 38-second knockout at UFC 247 will live on as a highlight, but no longer in the record books. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has overturned Newson’s victory over Domingo Pilarte to a no contest due to a failed drug test, per documents obtained by ESPN on Wednesday.
3:21 PM ET UFC president Dana White remains adamant that a UFC 249 pay-per-view event on April 18 will take place at an undisclosed location, and he’s even looking into adding potential fights to the card. White told ESPN on Wednesday the UFC could make several changes to the UFC 249 event, which currently consists
6:03 PM ET Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk indicated she would welcome another shot at current champ Zhang Weili, with just one matter to be settled before an encore of one of the greatest fights in MMA history. “It’s all about the money,” Jedrzejczyk told Ariel Helwani during a live appearance on the MMA
8:01 AM ET The main question on MMA fans’ minds these days — hopefully other than, “How do I avoid getting sick and not lose my mind at home?” — is whether the highly anticipated Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight is going to happen on April 18. Dana White continues to be convinced that
9:14 PM ET LAS VEGAS — The UFC is closing in on a location for its lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson on April 18, according to UFC president Dana White. White told ESPN on Monday the location is “99.9%” confirmed, though he did not wish to disclose it until it’s official.